From the LA Times:
Can cause of death determine race? In some cases, the answer appears to be yes. When coroners and undertakers fill out death certificates, one of the pieces of information they must provide is the race of the deceased. That can be a somewhat subjective call, and one of the things that may influence an official's perception of it is the particular way the person died, according to a team of sociologists from UC Irvine and the University of Oregon in Eugene. They looked at data from 22,905 death certificates in the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey, which compared information on official certificates to information provided by family members to see if it matched.

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